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HR Business Partner, Labour Relations

Ag Growth International Inc.

This is a Full-time position in Toronto, ON posted March 18, 2023.

Position Title: HR Business Partner – Labour Relations Department: Human Resources Division: AGI Westeel Location: Winnipeg, MB, Canada About AGI: AGI is a global food-based infrastructure company publicly traded in Canada.

With over 4,200 employees and over 30 global manufacturing brands, AGI is a leading provider of equipment and technology solutions for agricultural commodities including seed, fertilizer, grain and feed systems and an expanding platform for food processing facilities.

The Opportunity: The HR Business Partner (HRBP), Labour Relations is a key partner to local leadership, providing critical support in creating a productive and positive culture in a manufacturing environment.

The HRBP, Labour Relations oversees all people related matters and supports the leadership group with employee and labour relations matters and provide strategic advice.

The incumbent will collaborate with Corporate SMEs on recruitment, learning and development, application of company policies and practices, and supports administration of payroll and benefit programs.

The HRBP, Labour Relations will also participate in various HR initiatives as required.

The Team: The HRBP, Labour Relations reports directly to the Sr.

Vice President of Human Resources and is a key partner to local leadership, providing critical support in creating a productive and positive culture.

Responsibilities: Partner with the local leadership team and AGI Corporate HR and regional teams to understand and execute AGI’s human resource strategy and support with a wide variety of activities.

Provide leadership in areas including workplace conflict, performance management, progressive discipline, terminations, contingency planning, etc.

Lead collective agreement negotiations, grievance proceedings, and meetings with the union personnel.

Advise managers in the interpretation and implementation of collective agreements & employment legislation.

Advise managers with complex employee and Labour relations issues.

Foster positive working relationships between management and labour partners In collaboration with the North American talent acquisition team, supports location recruiting activities by supporting the interview process inclusive of interview assessments performing reference and background checks, facilitating onboarding, and working with management on their staffing needs, questions and issues.

Prepare HR and management documents and maintain accurate employee files, electronic records and documentation.

Partners with location leadership team on workforce planning requirements including talent acquisition, employee development, performance management and succession planning.

Administer and execute routine tasks in delicate circumstances such as providing reasonable accommodations, investigating allegations of wrongdoing, terminations and unemployment claims.

Prepare employee separation notices and related documentation and conduct exit interviews to determine reasons behind separations.

Review and prepare government required reporting documents.

Support as required in the implementation and gradual adoption of the organization wide HRIS.

Align with Training and Development team to support employee development and progression.

Maintain compliance with federal, provincial, and local employment laws and regulations, with continuous review and recommendation of changes and recommended best practices; review policies and practices to maintain compliance.

Maintain knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law.

Lead employee engagement activities such as BBQs, family day, all employee meetings, holiday parties, fundraising activities and events, and team building events.

Support health and safety activities and employee return to work plans.

Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in HR Management, Safety, Training, Business Administration, or related field.

A certification in HR such as CPHR will be an asset.

5years of HR Generalist or Labour Relations specialist experience within a unionized environment is required.

Strong knowledge and experience managing employee and Labour relations issues with the demonstrated ability to foster positive working relationships between management and union groups.

Experience in the implementation of strategies to optimize employee and Labour relations.

Excellent interpersonal, counseling, and negotiation skills.

Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate them when appropriate.

Ability to act with integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality.

Thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations.

Strong collaborator, able to navigate all levels of the organization with confidence and empathy.

Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.

Mentor mindset, with interest in building teams and relationships across the organization.

Understanding of recruiting methods and best practices, as well as applicable policies and federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations.

Familiar with the design and implementation of full-cycle performance management programs.

Valid driver’s license required.

AGI is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity.

All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.

Accommodations are available upon request for candidates with a disability taking part in the recruitment process and once hired.